Verbal Ability - Idioms and Phrases - Discussion

Discussion Forum : Idioms and Phrases - Section 2 (Q.No. 4)
Directions to Solve
In the following questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase italicised and underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of idiom/phrase.

This matter has been hanging fire for the last many months and must therefore be decided one way or the other.
going on slowly
hotly debated
stuck up
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Arunima said:   3 years ago
It means unexpected delay.

Sandy said:   8 years ago
The title expression "hang fire" (by formal definition) means to do nothing, to delay, wait, hold back, or hesitate.

Kasenya said:   8 years ago
Hang fire - To delay or wait; to be delayed.

I think we should hang fire and wait for other information.

Our plans have to hang fire until we get planning permission.

Anusha said:   1 decade ago

If you still don't understand, you can mind map "hanging fire" to barbecue. It takes a lot of time to roast it. Therefore its at a slow pace. :).

Monika T said:   1 decade ago
Hang/hold fire.

To delay doing something, especially making a decision, because you are waiting to see what will happen It would have been good to settle the matter now, but I think we should hang fire until the general situation becomes clearer. (often + on) The chancellor has said he will continue to hold fire on a further reduction in interest rates.

Vijayakumar said:   1 decade ago
While fire in hanging stage, it will increase na. Why I can select B.

Gaurav said:   1 decade ago
Won't it be 'stuck up'?

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